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February 26, 2013
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How human language could have evolved from birdsong
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 26, 2013
"The sounds uttered by birds offer in several respects the nearest analogy to language," Charles Darwin wrote in "The Descent of Man" (1871), while contemplating how humans learned to speak. Language, he speculated, might have had its origins in singing, which "might have given rise to words expressive of various complex emotions." Now researchers from MIT, along with a scholar from the University of Tokyo, say that Darwin was on the right path. The balance of evidence, they believe, suggests that ... read more
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CARBON WORLDS

CSIRO 'solar sponge' soaks up CO2 emissions
The breakthrough presents a new way to recycle CO2 emissions using renewable energy. The 'sponge' which is made from a new smart material called a MOF - metal organic framework - adsorbs carbon diox ... more
EPIDEMICS

Using transportation data to predict pandemics
In a world of increasing global connections, predicting the spread of infectious diseases is more complicated than ever. Pandemics no longer follow the patterns they did centuries ago, when diseases ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE

Sewage lagoons remove most - but not all - pharmaceuticals
2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which established regulations for the discharge of pollutants to waterways and supported the building of sewage treatment plants. Despite the ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

How a microbial biorefinery regulates genes
Microorganisms that can break down plant biomass into the precursors of biodiesel or other commodity chemicals might one day be used to produce alternatives to petroleum. But the potential of this " ... more


FLORA AND FAUNA

Stanford researchers develop tool for reading the minds of mice
If you want to read a mouse's mind, it takes some fluorescent protein and a tiny microscope implanted in the rodent's head. Stanford scientists have demonstrated a technique for observing hundreds o ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

New approach alters malaria maps
Identifying areas of malarial infection risk depends more on daily temperature variation than on the average monthly temperatures, according to a team of researchers, who believe that their results ... more
ICE WORLD

Data paper describes Antarctic biodiversity data gathered by 90 expeditions since 1956
A new peer-reviewed data paper offers a comprehensive, open-access collection of georeferenced biological information about the Antarctic macrobenthic communities. The term macrobenthic refers to th ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Smart, eco-friendly new battery to solve problems

Kremlin ready to act if trilateral energy proposal collapses

Future mega cities will need solar roof energy

How things coil

Police Department Generates Power from Q CELLS Solar Modules

New Technology May Lead to Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

Blue LED breakthrough for efficient electronics

FLORA AND FAUNA

How predictable is evolution?
Understanding how and why diversification occurs is important for understanding why there are so many species on Earth. In a new study published on 19 February in the open access journal PLOS Biolog ... more
FARM NEWS

Thirsty crops and hungry people: Symposium to examine realities of water security
You may have guzzled a half-liter bottle of water at lunchtime, but your food and clothes drank a lot more. The same half-liter that quenched your thirst also produces only about one square-inch of ... more
INTERN DAILY

Researchers Coat Spinal Polymer Implants with Bioactive Film to Improve Bonding with Bone
Researchers from North Carolina State University have for the first time successfully coated polymer implants with a bioactive film. The discovery should improve the success rate of such implants - ... more
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DEMOCRACY

South Korea swears in first female president
Park Geun-Hye became South Korea's first female president Monday, vowing zero tolerance with North Korean provocation and demanding Pyongyang "abandon its nuclear ambitions" immediately. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE

German greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2012
Germany saw increased emissions in greenhouse gases last year due to more coal and gas usage while the country seeks to develop its renewable energy sources, officials said Monday. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
N. Korea moving 'further away' from denuclearisation: US envoy

IS jihadists close in on key Syria border town

German push onto world stage hit by defence failures

Sweden orders submarine overhaul

Israel PM warns Iran greater threat than IS jihadists

Afghanistan to sign US troop deal Tuesday

Former Exelis business unit makes debut as independent company

WATER WORLD

EU fisheries council tackles discard ban
The EU fisheries council is set to meet in an attempt to hammer out a deal on when legislation to impose a total ban on discarded fish is to take effect. ... more
DEMOCRACY

Walker's World: The Italian mess
There is a significant chance that by this time next week the world could be back in the throes of a full-blooded financial crisis. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW

Australia's iron ore centre braces for Cyclone Rusty
Australia's largest iron ore ports were shut down on Monday ahead of tropical cyclone Rusty which is building off the resource-rich west coast. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Rio meet focuses on using science to root out poverty

British PM sparks concern with aid budget proposals

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SHAKE AND BLOW
Flow of research on ice sheets helps answer climate questions

Frostbite ends Fiennes winter Antarctic expedition bid

Data paper describes Antarctic biodiversity data gathered by 90 expeditions since 1956

SHAKE AND BLOW

Thousands isolated by Australian floodwaters
Thousands of people on Australia's east coast were cut off Sunday by floodwaters which have claimed two lives, while violent thunderstorms and a series of reported "mini-tornados" destroyed homes south of Sydney. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW

Earthquake shakes buildings in Tokyo
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Japan on Monday, setting buildings in the capital swaying but causing no risk of a tsunami, seismologists said. ... more
SINO DAILY

China ends Lunar New Year with molten metal showers
Fireworks lit up the sky across China on Sunday and straw-hatted farmers in one village hurled molten metal into the air, as the country marked the end of Lunar New Year festivities. ... more
FARM NEWS

Phosphorus starvation linked to citrus disease
The citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB), meaning "yellow shoot disease" in Chinese and also called citrus greening in English-speaking countries, is the most destructive disease threatening the citru ... more
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FARM NEWS

Experimental vaccine offers improved protection for poultry

FARM NEWS

Cushion plants help other plants survive

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FARM NEWS

Why sourdough bread resists mold

CLIMATE SCIENCE

Global warming: Heat stress hits labour productivity

FARM NEWS

Anthropologist studies cattle ranchers in Brazilian Amazon

SINO DAILY

China party mouthpiece laments spoiled generation

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Rio meet focuses on using science to root out poverty

ICE WORLD

Frostbite ends Fiennes winter Antarctic expedition bid

Mutant champions save imperiled species from extinction

Wiring the ocean

How the whale got its teeth

Wild plants are infected with many viruses and still thrive

Not just cars, but living organisms need antifreeze to survive

Fighting disease deep inside the brain

Better fire management tools for Africa's savannas

Growing medicines in plants requires new regulations

Minnesota mulls wolf hunting moratorium

Female Isle Royale wolves numbers higher

High tech helps scientists protect whales

Cold-tolerant grapes expand wine country

Turkmenistan to plant 3 million trees to make desert bloom

Earthquake strikes far underground in southwest Argentina

Olympics: Illegal dump tarnishes 'green' Sochi Games

Experts urge Arab nations to train forces in crowd control

China admits pollution-linked 'cancer villages'

Low snow in winter will prolong drought

Ukraine to join NATO anti-piracy mission

Massive winter storm blankets central US

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